What is a acupuncture?

Acupuncture, a key practice in traditional Chinese medicine, involves the insertion of very thin, sterile, single use needles into your skin along specific points on your body. These points are along the body’s energy pathways called meridians. Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing or rebalancing the flow of energy, known as chi or qi, which is understood to flow through these meridians. Insertion of the needles is thought to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of energy through the body.

Acupuncture can be used for overall wellness, including stress management, pain relief and mood improvement. It is common for clients to report feeling quite energised or very relaxed following their treatment.

What are the benefits of acupuncture?

  • Drug-free pain relief, for pain such as headaches, back pain, menstrual cramps etc.

  • Can be effective in the treatment of acute and chronic ailments

  • Balancing hormones

  • Targets the underlying causes of conditions, as well as the symptoms

  • Assists in the prevention against disease and the maintenance of general wellbeing

What can acupuncture help with?

  • Pain relief

  • Fertility

  • Nausea

  • Headaches

  • Back pain

  • Hormone balancing

  • Menstrual cramps

  • Mood improvement

  • Mental Health

  • Addiction

  • Cosmetic facial rejuvenation - reducing appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing muscle, increasing circulation and stimulating collagen production

Does acupuncture hurt and is it safe?

As acupuncture needles are so thin, most people report very minimal, if any, discomfort when the needles are inserted by a qualified acupuncturist. Depending on where the needle is inserted, any discomfort experienced is generally in the form of a temporary ache or pressure.

Acupuncture is considered a safe practice when carried out by a qualified acupuncturist, such as our Embrace practitioner, Susan. Susan uses disposable needs that are sterile, single-use only, meaning no risk of contamination or infection.

What to expect at your appointment

At the start of your initial appointment, your acupuncturist will ask a series of questions to gain information around your health, lifestyle and behaviours. It is important that you disclose any known medical conditions, your medical history, medications and any other treatments you are receiving. After gaining this information, along with details around your presenting issue, your acupuncturist will then determine what points they will focus on for the session.


Depending on the location the needles are to be placed on the body, you may be asked to adjust your items of clothing. You will then be asked to either lie face up or down on the bed. Towels are provided for your comfort and privacy. The acupuncturist will then begin to place the needles on the specific points. The needles are then typically left in for between 20 to 30 minutes.

At the conclusion of your appointment, your acupuncturist will discuss with you follow-up appointments and how frequently these will be necessary.

Book an appointment now!

For acupuncture appointments with Susan, you can book online through the online portal:

To find out more about Susan and her areas of interest, click here, or contact us on (07) 3906 8888.